Pathways for low-carbon synthetic fuels are reliant upon large-scale, low-cost, low-carbon and renewable hydrogen supply, which are presently not delivered by existing supply chains. The Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) at UBC proposes a new research program that will directly address this problem.
Closing the carbon cycle by utilizing CO2 as a feedstock for producing new fuels such as Methanol and Ethanol is an appropriate intermediate step towards a carbon-free future. Recently some researches on new nano-catalysts have increased the hope of bringing this technology to the market. While the reaction mechanisms are not elucidated, the present study will look at the kinetics, the structure, the energetics and dynamics involved in a model electron transfer reaction between water and carbon dioxide occurring on the catalyst.
The partner organisation, Sigma Energy Storage, develops energy storage by gas compression. This technology is based on the storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources, such as wind or solar power, and the recovery of unused electricity from diesel-based power sources located in remote communities not connected to the electrical power grid system. During the gas compression, carbon dioxide can be liquefied and extracted.
Geothermal systems are an efficient and environmentally friendly technology to cool and heat buildings. However, the system installation remains expensive making its expansion difficult. Versaprofiles, a Canadian enterprise, has developed a thermal enhanced pipe especially designed to geothermal applications. This pipe allows to reduce the system cost, improving its performance. Experimental tests in systems using standard and enhanced pipes will allow to compare the two systems performance, searching to assess the advantages of the thermal enhanced pipes.
The intent of this project is to demonstrate the GHG and electricity use savings of a range of low carbon heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies in the multi-unit residential building (MURB) sector.
Technologies to be studied include:
â¢ ductless mini-split air source heat pumps (ASHP)
â¢ gas absorption heat pumps
â¢ smart thermostats
As part of a broader program of work that will include long-term performance monitoring studies of these technologies, this MITACS project will involve a qualitative study identifying other barriers presented to the technologies and str
This research is focused on building a web-based system for processing big earth data available in a form of Raw multispectral imagery captured by a UAV or a satellites system. The data gathered will be processed to obtain the end results in a vegetation indices (Vis), or NDVI form, which could be used for crop monitoring. The efforts are required in developing a web server, which will allow inexperienced users to classify raster imagery without any supervision.
It has been demonstrated in the previous research that monitoring only one point as the sole region of insulation degradation is not sufficient for operational safety of high-voltage bushings. Therefore, monitoring a wider volume of the high stress region inside the bushing using ECT sensing becomes a necessity for earlier detection of defects. In this project, we will investigate this problem and develop algorithms and prototypes of using microcontroller, sensors and wireless networking technologies for determining the condition of polymer high voltage bushings.
In this project, a series of highly efficient and highly selective multifunctional Guerbet catalysts are developed and will be investigated for the condensation of low alcohols to high alcohols in a continuous-flow reactor. Low energy density bioethanol and methanol will be upgraded to n-butanol and iso-butanol with high energy content comparable to gasoline with high octane number and good miscibility with gasoline. Long chain linear alcohols C6-C10 will also be converted to branched primary alcohols C12-20 with high value application as additives, lubricants and surfactants.
The potential candidates will help QD solar develop a nano-technology based solar cell using Colloidal Quantum Dots. The research will be focus on the Infrared (IR) portion of the suns energy spectrum where standard silicon solar cells are not effective at converting solar energy into electrical energy. More specifically this project will target longwave IR and when combined with QD Solars focus on shorter wavelength IR, will create a more complete offering to the marketplace.
There have been great interests on the utilization of biomass as a potentially renewable and sustainable energy source for greenhouse gas mitigation. In British Columbia and Quebec, abundantly available biomass residues are potential renewable energy sources if effectively utilized.